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Crete Senesi

The Siena Crete by bike

A cycle route with breathtaking views

This is a very challenging route up and down the hills of the Crete Senesi, including some long, hard climbs and very few flat stretches. It would be ideal training for those looking for a change of pace, and the route also offers stunning views over the Crete Senesi.

From Buonconvento head uphill towards the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore on the S.S. 451. Passing the monastic complex and a magnificant view over the countryside, after 1km turn right towards Chiusure and after a while turn right again and enjoy the mostly downhill ride to San Giovanni d’Asso.

From here head uphill towards Montisi (7 km) and the town of Trequanda (5 km). Then the road goes downhill to Asciano. After around 5km at the junction with the old railway (now the Treno Natura) a small uphill climb starts (around 2km). You will then meet the road which goes into the centre of Asciano. After the town and after the bridge over the river Ombrone, turn left onto a road which, after around 15km, will take you to Monteroni d’Arbia.

Continue for 2km on the S.S. 2 Cassia road and, without going into the centre of Lucignano d’Arbia, turn right towards Quinciano; from here the road meets the valleys of the rivers Sorra and Stilo and therefore goes uphill and down again twice. All that is left now is a climb up to Vescovado and then Murlo (around 8km from the Cassia junction), before a final descent (9km) towards Buonconvento, passing through Bibiano.

Departure and arrival: Buonconvento
Level of difficulty: challenging
Distance: 79 Km
Difference in altitude: 1290 m 
Type of road: asphalt
Type of bike: all terrain, road bike
Type of cyclist: amateur cyclists and tourists